[dish-waw-ter, -wot-er]


water in which dishes are, or have been, washed.

Nearby words

  1. dishtowel,
  2. dishware,
  3. dishwasher,
  4. dishwasherproof,
  5. dishwashing,
  6. dishy,
  7. disillusion,
  8. disillusioned,
  9. disillusionize,
  10. disillusionment


    dull as dishwater/ditchwater, extremely dull; boring.

Origin of dishwater

First recorded in 1475–85; dish + water Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for dishwater



water in which dishes and kitchen utensils are or have been washed
something resembling thisthat was dishwater, not coffee
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Word Origin and History for dishwater



also dish-water, "water where dishes have been washed," late 15c., from dish (n.) + water (n.). Used figuratively of weak broth, coffee, etc., from 1719.

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Idioms and Phrases with dishwater


see dull as dishwater.

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